Wayne Co. man sues county commission, deputies for injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 2, 2010

WAYNE -- A Wayne County man is suing the Wayne County Commission and two sheriff's deputies after he claims he sustained injuries when the sheriff's deputies used unnecessary and excessive force.

On Nov. 15, 2008, Sheriff's Deputies Wade Wellman and Paul Baker arrived at the home of Jackie Lee Nelson and instructed him and his girlfriend, Brooke Rayburn, to exit the home and wait in the front yard while Nelson's ex-wife retrieved property awarded to her through their divorce, according to a complaint filed Oct. 19 in Wayne Circuit Court.

Nelson claims while he and Rayburn waited outside, Baker performed a search and frisk, and while doing so, grabbed his right wrist, pulled his right arm to the side and jerked it toward his back with excessive force.

The jerking and pulling of Nelson's right arm partially tore his right rotator cuff, according to the suit.

Nelson claims the defendants caused him to suffer injuries. He claims the defendants used unnecessary and/or excessive force.

The Wayne County Commission "negligently and improperly trained Defendants Wellman and Baker with respect to dealings and treatment of individuals," according to the suit.

Nelson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by Jay C. Love.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James H. Young Jr.

Wayne Circuit Court case number: 10-C-227

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